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Hello Tuesday and how are you all today? Today I am taking you away form the cold weather and rubbish news, we are going to forget about the state of the world and dream about tropical islands, warm weather and golden beaches with this gorgeous Tahiti Beach Wedding. Maureen and Nicolas are from Tahiti so their stunning island was the obvious choice for their beautiful day. They started with a civil ceremony in the local town hall, followed by a short boat ride to their favourite beach. Here they held their stunning beach side ceremony followed by an amazing reception, where thy ate the most delicious food and danced under the stars! The day was filled with so much emotion, the most amazing backdrop and of course our wonderful couple. Big thanks to Photography By Soven for capturing the day for us.
Maureen and Nicolas were married on 28th July 2018. Their Civil ceremony was at the Arue town hall, on the island of Tahiti where we live. Religious ceremony and reception were on the north of the island of Moorea, on a tiny island, a “motu”, named “Tiahura motu”. ‘Maureen’s family own this motu. We decided to get married there because the place is beautiful, free for us, and also because we used to go there when we were a young couple, so we have great souvenirs there…It was also symbolic for us to get married on our ancestor’s land. We had 150 guests and it took around a year to plan.’
How did you meet? And how long have you been together?
We crossed our path in Papeete 20 years ago. We had never met before as Maureen was living Moorea and Nicolas was leaving in Papeete, and it was love at first sight… Later, we had a daughter and soon after a son.
Tell me about the proposal
We always wanted to get married, but we wanted something special and sensational, so we had to wait until it was makeable financially. I (Nicolas) ask Maureen on her birthday, we were at home with our children. I told them that I would make my marriage proposal to their mother. After having dinner , I invited Maureen to dance on a romantic song (I did it sometime so she were not surprised) and at the end of the song, I put a knee on the floor, presented her a beautiful ring and make my proposal…
How did you allocate your budget?
We tried to budget everything, like the band, the transportation, the clothes, rings, meals, photographer, and videographer, etc. Once this was done, we added 20% for unpredictable extra costs and we knew how much we need.
Where did you splurge and where did you save?
We save on the place where we get married and, on the boats, (family own several boats as well) We also save a little on the decoration with DIY and few orders on the web.
We splurge almost everywhere else, we booked the most popular band one year before, the best food “traiteur as well”, Maureen choose her dream tailor for her dress etc. I remember three day before the day, we went on the motu to check everything and we were not happy with the area that the band would end up playing so we decided to have a scene build on the water so everybody could see and enjoy the performance.
How did you choose your photographer?
First, Maureen is a photographer. She studied in Paris and used to work in Papeete as a photographer for many years. She was very demanding on this point. We booked a local photographer that was suiting Maureen’s need, but he ended up cancelling 5 months prior to the wedding for family reasons. Luckily for us, he advised us to contact Soven Amatya, a renowned UK photographer, who was interested in photographing our wedding. We checked his work on the internet and have been instantaneously favourable. We have been lucky to meet Soven and we couldn’t have expected better results.
Maureen and her bridesmaids were dressed by a local dressmaker, her accessories from local handcrafter. Her shoes were bought online.
The suit and bridesmaids
Nicolas and his best men have been dressed by a fashion tailor in Thailand (his brother-in-law is a model in Bangkok, so he organised everything from Bangkok).
Theme or colour scheme
Yes, our theme was casual chic and the colour was grey.
We had different tropical flower (mostly white) such as “bird of paradise, and others different flowers such as white anthurium and orchid.
We had candles, flower light string, shells, driftwood, lantern, and different types of vegetal decorations.
Between the town hall at 10am ceremony and the dinner, we had a cocktail on the ferry with little foods such as sushi, spring rolls, cocktails snacks and sweets.
For the dinners we wanted a buffet. It was garnished with lobster, sashimi, Tuna’s carpaccio, salad, salmon “ballotines”, lamb tagines and different side dishes.
The wedding cake was a traditional French wedding cake “pièce montée”. It was a beautiful and delicious cake.
After the religious ceremony, there was:
Sunset cocktail with start of the band concert playing smoothly, magic.
Bride’s dance during the dinner.
Groom’s witness speech and song
Night arrival of the cake on the traditional canoe at the end of the concert.
DJ animation, First dance of the bride and groom
Surprise Dance show bride and her bridesmaids
Surprise Dance show groom and his best men
Who supplied the stationery?
We ordered on a website www.idee-faire-part.fr
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
We did not go straight on honeymoon as many family members from France, Spain, Thailand, Australia, crossed the world to visit us, so we spent the 3 following weeks enjoying the reunion.
We did most of the decorations, seating plan, golden book, candles glasses and all the dances choreography ourselves
The day was full of special moments with a lot of emotions, I can’t write them all, we cried several times. But at the end of the religious ceremony, during the sunset, while “Pepena” (the band) was playing, it was special. It was like a perceptible feeling of love and gratitude was floating in the air, an unforgettable and magic moment.
Advice for other couples
To take the time to think, conceive and plan as much as possible the wedding that they really want so they can let go on the day and try to enjoy as much as possible.
The only two surprises we had were the bridesmaids dance during dinner and the Groom’s witness speech and song during dinner as well.
In fact, the biggest surprise of the wedding was the dances we prepared for our guests.
I’m a Surrey Wedding Photographer and destination wedding photographer capturing heartfelt and beautiful photographs of extraordinary couples around the world. I capture all the moments and emotions of the wedding celebrations in an unobtrusive style, and my friendly and relaxed approach means the couple can spend more time with their weddings with their friend and family. I travelled to the other side of the world (from the UK) via Singapore, Sydney and Auckland to photograph this dream come true wedding in French Polynesia.”
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